Genre fiction and the advancing world

I’ve jumped into this one at the last minute, so a bit short notice, but if you’re anywhere near Sydney you might want to come along. I’ll be giving a talk at the Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts about Genre fiction and the advancing world. The...

EWF Presentation: On responding to reviews and social media etiquette

This past weekend I had the honour of presenting at the Emerging Writers’ Festival, down in Melbourne. As ever, it was an inspiring and entertaining weekend, and it continues on for the next week. All the details here. The panel I was involved with was all about...

Neil Gaiman and the $45,000 appearance fee

My friend Michael made me aware of this news over at Boing Boing. It’s since caused a fair stir, with opinions all over the interwebz. So I thought, what kind of writer or blogger am I if I don’t weigh in too? Basically there’s been outrage that Neil...

Obscenity ruling

This is a bit of nonsense, but it’s quality nonsense. The Onion is an awesome site and did a great skit today on a free speech ruling. Read the whole thing here, or check the image below for the nutshell version. Dude, that is some quality swearing....

Society of Editors guest speaker

Last night I travelled up to Sydney as I’d been invited, along with Bill Congreve, to be a guest speaker at the NSW Society Of Editors meeting. The event started badly. As I live an hour and half’s drive from Sydney, I always try to combine any errands...

NSW Society Of Editors talk with Bill Congreve

I’m very honoured to have been invited by the NSW Society Of Editors to talk at their monthly meeting next week. I’ll be sharing the honour with Bill Congreve, writer and owner of MirrorDanse Books, and we’ll be talking all about speculative fiction...